Transcending generations of personal struggles

May 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Title: The Classic/Keulraesik (클래식)
Year of release: 2003
Director: Kwak Jae-yong
Starring: Son Ye-jin, Jo In-sung, Jo Seung-woo

The Classic is a parallel story of a mother and daughter on the road to discovering first love. The story unfolds with Ji-Hae helping out her friend express her feelings to Sang-min, a schoolmate involved in theater arts. When she discovers an old box containing her mother’s love letters from a boy named Joon-Ha, she then realizes how similar her story is with that of her mother’s.

The Classic is a slice-of-life presentation of what most of us have experienced in one point in our lives: the trials and tribulations of first love. Although the movie presents two stories of two women, there’s this impression that the main story revolves around Ji-Hae’s mother, more than hers. Sure, there were moments when the scenes revert back to the present, or to Ji-Hae’s own struggles with her personal life, but there is a distinct affinity for Joo-Hee and the sad, yet poignant love affair with Joon-Ha.

Joon-ha & Joo-hee in the rain.

What I love most about this movie is its ability to draw out feelings and memories long forgotten. Call it being over-emotional or what, but once you get to watch this movie, you’ll look back on those memories with a certain degree of fondness. Other reviews for this movie talk about its tear-jerking factor, which undoubtedly, can make even the men folk shed a tear or two. It had that very same effect on me, but what resounded all the more was how these two similar stories of both mother and daughter finally came full circle in the end. I was left crying and smiling at the same time.

When I was scouring the Internet for information about this movie, I was dumbfounded when I learned that the movie was directed by Kwak Jae-yong, the same guy behind the highly successful and equally poignant My Sassy Girl and Windstruck movies. Unbelievable!

Sang-min & Ji-Hae share a moment together.

All in all, I recommend watching this movie, especially for those who love watching Korean RomComs, more so for those who love Kwak Jae-yong’s work.

Note: I highly recommend getting the movie OST to listen to the various instrumental versions of the theme song, Saranghamyon Halsurok. Perfect for emo moments and pensive reflections! – Presea

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